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    Sale 7615

    Art of The Islamic And Indian Worlds

    7 October 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 344

    SHEIKH MUSLIH AL-DIN SA'DI (D. AH 691/1292 AD): KULLIYAT

    COPIED BY MUHAMMAD IBN MULLA MIR AL-HUSAYNI, PROBABLY BUKHARA, DATED 14 RABI' II AH 1024/12 MAY 1615 AD

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    SHEIKH MUSLIH AL-DIN SA'DI (D. AH 691/1292 AD): KULLIYAT
    COPIED BY MUHAMMAD IBN MULLA MIR AL-HUSAYNI, PROBABLY BUKHARA, DATED 14 RABI' II AH 1024/12 MAY 1615 AD
    Poetry, Persian manuscript on gold-sprinkled paper, 264ff. plus 2 fly-leaves, each folio with 17ll. of fine black nasta'liq arranged in three columns with double gold intercolumnar rules, similarly ruled panels left blank for titles, around each text panel gold and polychrome ruling, catchwords, opening bifolio with bold gold and polychrome illumination around text written in clouds reserved against gold foliate ground, four further illuminated headpieces within the text, each with a bifolio of script in clouds against gold ground, two colophons signed Muhammad ibn Mulla Mir al-Husayni al-Ustadi and the colophon at the end of the ghazaliyyat is dated 14 Rabi' al-Thani 1024, some worm-holing particularly in the lower margin, in worn brown morocco with gilt stamped central medallion, spandrels and borders on cobalt ground, doublures of blue gold-sprinkled paper
    Folio 10¾ x 6¾in. (27.5 x 17cm.); text panel 7.5 x 3¾in. (9.5 x 19cm.)


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    Muhammad ibn Mulla Mir al-Husayni (who signs al-Ustadi, 'my teacher') is an obscure scribe of the late 16th/early 17th century whose other known works are signed in the same manner as this manuscript. These include works dated between AH 1008 (1599-1600 AD) and AH 1038 (1628-29 AD) (Mehdi Bayani, Ahval va Asar-e Khosh-Nevisan, Vol. III, Tehran, 1348 sh, p. 621). His earliest known work was sold at Sotheby's, London, April 1996, lot 58.

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    Please note that this manuscript is incorrectly illustrated as lot 345 in the catalogue.